On the 17th the US alt-rock quintet J Bengoy released the LP Dogwood Winter.
In the couple of years since J Bengoy last featured the music has mellowed and taken a more shaded trajectory with the ten tracks on the LP having a wistful demeanour of looking back at times of upheaval and the dramatic shift between being in education and leaving the cloistered environs to face the wider world, with the inevitability of broken friendships as fellow students and lovers travel far and wide.
Far from an album of solace, Dogwood Winter (which is available on bandcamp), reflects with fondness, through the prism of time, on the good moments left behind.
My pick of the release being the wandering fourth – Brains – as it, lyrically, perhaps best sums up the album.
Society’s Plague create music which is more frequently associated with Scandinavia as the flowing melodies take on a folk-derived soundtrack that minds of sprites and nymphs and the ten track album extends an opportunity for the listener to allow their mind to imaginings of hidden forests, dark lakes and epic tales of fantastical travels.
The closing song on the roughly thirty six minutes LP is Rise Of The Eidolon.
The US trippy-rock quartet Nastos release the LP Inherited Dreams on the 21st.
Nastos – Inherited Dreams – test pressing
The ten track album (I believe will be available on bandcamp in due course), which runs for roughly forty minutes, has a lofidelity analogue hum running through its veins which gives the listener the sense they are being welcomed in to a space of good intent and the longer they linger the more settled in to a world of glassy eyed stare and smiling face.
Whilst best digested in full at one sitting, Inherited Dreams is an album which does still work by dipping in and out at opportune moments – though to do may result in unexpectedly finding oneself listening to one of the more rapid songs on the release.
My selection from the LP is the sixth – Down Hear.
The US electro-glitch protect Cameron Toy released the two track single Boot/Rally a few hours ago.
Cameron Toy – photo by Liz Rogers
The title track and A side of the single – Boot/Rally, which is available on bandcamp, is my selection of the two songs as the electronica bruises the recording levels resulting in the song having a continual sparking akin to electric cables shorting and standing in stark contrast to the B side Distracted, which is a soft brush ambient lofi number.
The US alternative-rock oufit Trivial Nonsense released the LP Heaven on the 16th.
The nine track album is a not inconsequential body of work, as Trivial Nonsense ponder both thoughts of hopelessness in a society that is intent on splintering in to silos of righteousness along with an optimism that the mistakes of the recent past can ultimately be rectified resulting in a more inclusive cohesion.
The roughly twenty two minutes release comprises of thoughtful measured tracks that have a natural flow from one to the other, giving Heaven an organic, breathing embodiment which during its journey brings in connectivity of influences from different continents – my selection from the LP being the latina-rock threaded fourth – Amor Ni Deseo.